Hank C. Miggins

Miggins, Hank C. 78 Nov. 20, 1934 July 18, 2013

In loving memory of our father Henry Clay Miggins (known by all as Hank), who quietly departed us on July 18, 2013. Hank was born to Nathan Miggins and Hattie Mae Dennis on Nov. 20, 1934, in Canton, Miss. Hank touched many lives and achieved many accomplishments throughout his 78 years. He began his career in the United States Air force in 1954 as an Accountant and Auditor, retiring after serving 22 years. Settling down in Spokane, he held the office of Vice President of Financial Affairs at Fort Wright College.

In 1981, Hank brought all of his energy and ideals to Portland, where he held the positions of Internal Auditor for Multnomah County, Deputy Multnomah County Auditor, Executive Assistant to the Chair of Multnomah County Commissioners, Interim County Chair for Multnomah County Commissioner, Interim Manager of Portland Exposition Center, Consultant, Legal Assistant to State Representative Michael Fahey Sr. and Animal Control Director. In 2000, Hank returned to Spokane as the City Manager and Interim City Administrator. Hank tried to retire to Portland but continued to work hard in retirement. He became a Mortgage Broker for Discover Mortgage for several years before finally retiring (again). In retirement, he continued to be a force in the community by contributing his time and talents to many organizations.

He touched many lives through board service for various organizations, including The Center for Airway Science, Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs, Project Pooch, Multco Credit Union, Board of Bar Governor’s, Oregon State Bar, Rosemont School, Mainstream Youth Program Inc., Garlington Center, Federal Judicial Council, Multnomah County Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, Treasure for Blacks in Government, Oregon Adult Prison Authority, American Civil Liberties Union, Independent Police Review, Oregon Youth Prison Authority, Citizens Review Committee (CRC) and the Oregon’s National Affiliate Representative for the ACLU and, let’s not forget, early on in Spokane, he was the Master of Inland Empire Masonic Lodge #3 as well as being instrumental in the development of the Pine State Golf Club. Hank worked hard but also enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, bowling, golf, traveling and much more.

He is survived by his brothers, George Jones Jr. of Canton, Miss. and Clark Bailey of Portland; his children, Henry Armstrong of St. Louis, Mo., Cassandra D. Miggins of San Francisco, Henry A. Miggins of Sacramento, Calif., Theresa M. Dullea of Seattle, Brenda L. Miggins-Vaughn of Portland, Wesley J. Hardin of Spokane and Celeste K. Maki of Spokane; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many, many close longtime friends; and many others. Please join us in celebrating his life at the memorial service and reception being held at the Eagle Lodge #3426, on Aug. 5, 2013 at 3 p.m., 7711 N. Exeter Ave. (at Lombard), Portland. He will be buried with full Military Honors at The Willamette National Cemetery on Aug. 6, at 1 p.m.

Published in The Oregonian on Aug. 1, 2013.